Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976, Habitat Suffolk is an independently operated affiliate of HFHI. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is an ecumenical Christian partnership of concerned people working together with people who live in substandard housing or who cannot find adequate affordable housing.
In 1987 under the guidance of a forward-thinking Board of Directors and in alliance with the supportive community, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk pulled together its scarce resources to build its first home for a single mother in Riverhead. Originally working out of a garage in Rocky Point before moving into a church office, the Habitat Suffolk founders began developing relationships with municipalities, corporations, churches, schools, private groups, and individuals to form the organization as it is known today. Habitat Suffolk’s goal is to build an average of 12-15 houses annually, building for as long as needed to make sure every family in Suffolk County has a simple, decent and affordable place to live and call home. Over 140 houses later, we can’t stop saying thank you to all of you who contribute your time, talents, prayers, and resources to make it all happen.
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk builds affordable houses for families who fit within our income guidelines. Each homeowner agrees to contribute 300 hours of building time (sweat equity) on his or her own home and other Habitat homes, to complete educational classes, and to perform community service as the down-payment on their new home.